The White House confirmed that the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will visit Kern County this Wednesday, March 31st.
She will be participating in a “Day of Action” event in Delano, for Cesar Chavez Day at an event at Forty Acres in Delano, hosted by the Cesar Chavez Foundation, United Farm Workers, and the UFW Foundation, according to reports.
Cesar Chavez is annually recognized on his birthday for his contributions to the farm labor movement and his legacy in civil rights.
The event will take place at the Forty Acres, which has historical significance. According to the National Park Service, in 1966, it “became the headquarters for the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), the first permanent agricultural labor union in the United States.”
It is here where significant progress was made in the movement, UFW bargained for and signed contracts protecting the rights of farmworkers in California and eventually across the U.S. Now, it is considered a National Historic Landmark and preserves the farmworker movement.
Her visit is especially important because there has been much concern over farmworker protection and rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will be the First Lady’s first trip to the central San Joaquin Valley since President Joe Biden took office this year.
Kern Sol News will be covering the event.